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    Name that thing-a-ma-jig!

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Yandos, Feb 16, 2011.

    I have this device in my story that I just can't find a suitable name for.

    The Item:

    It's a medical device that attaches to the subject arm and monitors all aspects of the subject health. It can not only administer treatments (Drugs, chemicals, unhealthy test, etc...) but can take samples (blood, plasma, bone marrow, skin samples, etc...).

    The item is used usually in situation when it is not safe to be near the subject. Due to the nature of the item, any treatments administered tend to be painful. It is also extreamly difficult to remove the device without the control/remote.

    So... any ideas?

    I'm not looking for an overly long name, just something relitivly short.

    If you need to know anything else, just ask.
     
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    Call it a Critter 9000! Developed and designed by John R. Critter, his 9,000th invention! :)

    Happy hunting!
     
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    The mediband.
     
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    A Zuritek, named for the Swiss company that made a fortune inventing and producing the first one. Or a Smythe-Lanier, for the researxhers who developed and patented it,

    Often, devices aren't named functionally/logically, but are named after (or by) the people or organizations who made them popular. Like a Xerox, or a Rolodex, or a Bobcat, or a Diesel, or a Blackberry.
     
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    Is the device supposed to be a raw mechanical device not meant for the average consumer, a sleek ergonomic iTest?, or a military like M256 Medical testing unit. I think we need a little bit more info before we name it. But then that's just me.
     
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    NIRVAP- Non Invasive Remote Vitals/Analytics Port
     
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    just awesome.
     
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    Definitely something for the OP to consider. Always enjoyed small jokes like this.
     
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    Originally, it was called The Healing Machine, which got shortened to Healer and now people just refer to it as the Healie.
     
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    Hi,

    Mediscan?
     
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    I would ask myself two questions.

    1) How common is the device?
    2) Who is using it?

    This will lead quickly to the question "how is it marketed", which will directly influence the name.

    For me, it sounds as if this device is highly specialized, used only by well-trained professional rescue teams. Devices sold in the business-to-business market tend to have more technical names (some items straight from my desk would be SPEC-10:100BR/LN or ST133A), which are primarily a means of categorization - the selling point are the device's technical stats and the price. There would of course be a technical name given to the whole category of devices, such as a bioscanner or mediremote, which would be the term used by the people working with it.

    If, on the other hand, you are dealing with a consumer device, then packaging, design, colour, and in particular the name become much more important.
     
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    Bioband?
     
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    I had thought about going down this road, but I find that it doesn’t fit in with the type of world I created. There are no independent businesses that are out there for profit, everything goes through the central government.
    I would say it’s for the specialised user, almost military like. This device is being used in a high security lab. But ‘M256 Medical testing unit’ seems a bit of a mouthful.
    Guys, I got to say this. I really like this one. We may have a winner!
     
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    medizap
    bioband
    x-vads [external vitals analysis-delivery system]
     
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    NIRVAP is good for a formal name, but those who suffer its use may just call it the rat, because it bites.
     

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